Bad policy is not the answer to California’s recycling woes

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AB 1080 and SB 54 fail to address the structural issues to ensure materials actually get recycled.

By Lance Hastings, Special to CalMatters

Lance Hastings is president of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association, lhastings@cmta.net.

Every year during the end-of-session debates in the Legislature, bills that had previously stalled suddenly get new life. Sometimes, it’s the result of a grand bargain struck to advance long-held policy objectives. Other times, it’s the result of public pressure created by an emerging crisis. 

Given the ongoing public health and economic emergencies, not to mention a frustrating shortage of electricity supply during one of the worst heat waves in recent memory, there is sure to be a big push for policies that can mitigate the impacts of these crises and help the state’s residents and economy stay safe and recover in the months to come. 



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